Central and Hernando Thrashed while Weeki Wachee rolls
By: Danny Aiello Jr
Friday night concluded the preseason games for the various Hernando county squads. With the season set to open up Friday, August 28th, we take a look at the Weeki Wachee Hornets, Hernando Leopards and Central Bears to see how they are shaping up.
Weeki Wachee Hornets:
Spring Game: Weeki Wachee 26, Wesley Chapel 16.
Preseason Game: Weeki Wachee 42, Fivay 21.
What we learned:
Weeki Wachee might have overcame the hurdles that have plagued them in past seasons. After building a 28-7 lead in the first quarter, Fivay would cut the lead to a mere seven points. Instead of usually folding, as they have in other years, Weeki Wachee came out and ran roughshod over the Falcons, led by Shawn O’Gorman and his 259 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Next Game: The Hornets open the regular season Friday, August 28th, when they travel to Ridgewood. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.
Spring Game: Sunlake 10, Hernando 0.
Preseason Game: West Port 24, Hernando 7.
What We Learned:
Hernando is still struggling on offense under now second-year coach Bill Vonada. The Leopard defense is good enough to keep them in any game but they will need more out of an offense that only attempted two passes and didn’t gain a yard through the air against West Port. The ground game will have to also be more successful as 89 yards of total offense will not win many games. The talent is there, but a much more blue collar mindset is needed if the Leopards want to contend.
Up Next: Hernando travels to Fivay to open their season on Friday, August 28th. Kickoff is slated for 7:30pm.
Spring Game: Central 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 28.
Preseason Game: East Ridge 51, Central 18.
What We Learned:
While it could have been rust, this is not the defense second-year coach Chris Sands had last year. The Bears played a lot of hard fought contests last year and were much better than their record indicated. For that success to continue this year, De’Vonta Smith will need to continue to break out as he did the end of last season. His improvement could help Central regain the swagger Sands wanted his team to have as they start a “culture of winning” at Central.
Up Next: Central will have a home contest against county-rival Springstead to open their season. Kickoff is Friday, August 28th at 7:30pm.